Sunday, February 15, 2009

Disney Princess Accordian Album

This is an accordian album that I put together quite a while ago. It is a very simple project that took me under an hour but turned out really cute. I used the Disney Block Princess paper for the images and added glitter.

Any little girl who loves the Princesses will love this album.

As anyone who knows me well knows, I'm a huge Disney fan, making a trip to either Disneyland or Disney World at least once every year. I used to be strictly a Mickey fan, then moved to Disney Princesses and have gone in and out of a major Tinkerbell stage.

I no longer have favorites - I just like everything Disney. I think it's time to book another trip..... :-)

Saturday, February 14, 2009


Well my first born is now 20 as of yesterday. This makes me feel very old.

In this picture is Burt, Kyle, Josh (one of Kyle's best friends) and Shanna last night at dinner.

Next year he says he will be in Vegas at this time - what a disaster that will be!

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. Marc and I are out for dinner with Jill and Jeff tonight which is always good for a laugh.

Monday, February 2, 2009

My wonderful son - Kyle

This is my wonderful son - Kyle (and my incredible niece Niki). Kyle is going to be 20 in a couple of weeks - that makes me feel so old!
Kyle is working in construction right now but wants to go back to school. He is going to start classes at UFV in September but he doesn't know what he wants to do quite yet. He's going to start out slow with one night class a semester until he figures it out.
Kyle is my hockey player but all the pictures I have of him playing hockey are REALLY old. He started playing in grade one and still plays in the Abbotsford Minor Hockey Association - on the Juvenille A team. Next year he plans to play on his cousin's beer league team.
Kyle loves cars and he's already had four of them! He started out with a little Sonoma truck which he and his dad custom painted black on the bottom and neon green on the top. It was really cute! Then he went through a couple of Honda Civics and now has a 2009 Mitshubishi Lancer. I've been wanting to get a picture of him with his car but - it's always raining in BC!

My cheerleaders

These are my daughters, Brittany (who I almost always call Burt) and Shanna. Both girls are competitive cheerleaders on Elite teams with the Vancouver All Stars - which is one of the best all star programs in Canada. The girls started cheering five years ago - Shanna with her high school junior team and Burt on a rec all star team. They have come a long way and have both become pretty good tumblers with roundoff back handsprings back tucks to their credit. Both girls are capable in all positions, be it base, third, front or flyer, although Shanna has gotten too big to be a flyer and Burt is a little too tall. Their cheerleading has given them the opportunity to do a lot of traveling. They have competed at Knotts Berry Farm in California, in Orlando, Florida and this year they go to All Level Worlds in Los Angeles. Both girls have also done a lot of coaching - and Shanna is certified as a Level 3 tumbling, tosses and stunting coach and is just finishing her Canadian Coaches Level 1 course. Of the two of them, Brittany loves coaching way more than Shanna but is too young to do the credentialling. They are not coaching at all this year with their move to the Vancouver club.

Mom has become a big competitive cheerleading fan as well and with my love of scrapping - put together a book for the girls memories. This is it....

Cheering is much different than what most people think. My girls wouldn't have a clue if you put them out on a field to cheer on a team. They learn and practice a 2 1/2 minute routine which is made up of dance, tumbling, stunting and jumps and compete with this routine for an entire year. A cheer squad can be as small as 5 girls or as large as 36. My girls are on all girl squads but there is a senior Co-ed team at their club.
My biggest pet peeve is people not accepting that cheerleaders are athletes! Those kids work really hard and it takes a lot of skill to do the tumbling and the lifting/tossing that they are required to do. I'm a credentialed cheer coach (to Level 4 in all three aspects of cheer - tumbling, tosses and stunting) and I co-coached a senior team for a couple years. These kids are very much athletes.